Literary Birthday – 15 June – Amy Clampitt

Amy Clampitt was born 15 June 1920, and died 10 September 1994.

Amy Clampitt Quotes

  1. The music is a vibration in the brain rather than the ear.
  2. The gulf I see between those for whom what’s to be found in books and nowhere else is indispensable, and those (many of them ostensibly well educated) for whom it means nothing much, is simply too vast.
  3. Everybody has to write out of rage sometimes.
  4. When you get over the anxiety, you discover you should have been mad a long time ago.
  5. If you’re totally grown up, you’re somehow set in your emotional ways so that you’re not surprised in the kinds of ways thatpoets tend to be.
  6. I’d like to like rap, but it’s too loud. It’s one thing to get something out of your system, but not when it interferes with other people’s hearing.

Amy Clampitt was an American poet and author. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1982, a MacArthur Fellowship in 1992, and she was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1983, at the age of sixty-three, she published her first full-length collection, The Kingfisher.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 15th June 2014